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- Total de Pages : 126 pages
- Date de Sortie : Jeudi 9 Mars 2017
- Auteur : Mike Harris
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- Nom de Fichier : deadly-fathoms-expedition-team-dives-at-bikini-atoll-in-the-marshall-islands-on-american-german-and-japanese-wwii-warships-that-were-sunk-by-atom-bomb-wwii-expedition-to-adventure-book-1
Deadly Fathoms: Expedition team dives at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on American, German and Japanese WWII warships that were sunk by atom bomb ... WWII. (Expedition to Adventure Book 1) est écrit par Mike Harrisavec un total de 126 pages le 2017-03-09.
In 1946 the U.S. Navy conducted 'Operation Crossroads' at Bikini Lagoon in the Marshall Islands. They placed dozens of old American, German and Japanese WWII warships (battleships, aircraft carriers, submarines, freighters, troop transports, heavy cruisers), in Bikini Lagoon and subjected them to multiple atom blasts tests.. Prior to the tests they loaded each ship full of fuel and ammunition, trying to replicate wartime conditions, so they could see what would happen to the ships when they were hit by a nuclear explosion. The Navy didn't put any people on the ships, but they did place many live animals in crates on the ships, so they could see what would happen when they became contaminated by radiation poisoning from the atomic blasts. During the first test which they called 'Able', a B-29 dropped a bomb from a height of 500 feet over the target area. Surprisingly, not many ships were sunk during this first atomic blast. The Navy then conducted a second test two weeks later which they called 'Baker'. During this test they hung a bomb 50 feet under a small landing craft before detonating it. When the atomic device exploded it sent a huge column of water and island debris into the air, which did sink many of the huge ships. No trace of the small landing craft was ever found. Because of strong and lingering radiation almost all of the ships had to be towed to a deep part of the Pacific Ocean and sunk. Also, because of the radiation contamination, all the Bikini people who had to leave their atoll before the tests, were never able to return. When I tried to get government officials to give me permission to take a team of divers and film-makers to Bikini, so I could produce a film about diving on ships at Bikini sunk by atom bomb testing, the officials never actually gave me permission. Always believing the glass is half-full, I reasoned they might not have said "yes", but they also didn't say "no". So, I put together an expedition team and flew over to Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. We rented an island freighter called the "Mieco Queen", then went on a wonderful dive trip to Wotje Atoll, Kwajalein Atoll and finally Bikini Atoll. At Wotje, we dove on a Japanese freighter that had never been dived on before. I also dove on a Japanese Kawaneshi Flying Boat that was sunk 50-feet deep in Wotje Lagoon. At Kwajalein we dove on the German Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen, which was the sister ship of the German Battleship Bismarc. Then at Bikini we had to fight deadly radiation and sharks, but were able to dive on the U.S. Battleship Arkansas, the Japanese Battleship Nagato (which was Admiral Yamamoto's Flagship when he attacked Pearl Harbor) and we dove on the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Saratoga. She was sitting right-side-up on the bottom, so we could land our two wet-subs on her flight deck, just like Hellcats did during WWII. In Saratoga's hanger deck our divers were able to sit in several of the Hellcats that were still tied down in place even after being subjected to two atom bomb tests. I produced a film when I returned home called "Deadly Fathoms" which featured famed film star and 'Twilight Zone' producer Rod Serling. My film "Deadly Fathoms" won a Silver Medal at the Atlanta International Film Festival. I think you'll like to read about how we did survive the radiation, sharks and multiple deep dives into Bikini Lagoon...and lived to talk about it! Mike HarrisProducer-DirectorExpedition Leader